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From Carl Gregory (Dec. 20, 2003)
I'm another one of the legions of drummers who were inspired
by Ringo to play. In fact, I switched from being a lead guitarist and
bought my Ludwigs because the power of his beat was unavoidable, and
I had to be part of it. Lately, I've done a few "Ringo Raves"
on the John Lennon Songwiting Contest forum, to the point where I had
to restrain myself since the topic there is really, of course, songwriting,
and I was sort of preaching to the choir. I'll toss in a couple of points,
though, about my early growth as a drummer. Two particular tracks taught
me more about timing and coordination in the early phases of drumming
than anything else: John Bonham's work on When The Levee Breaks, and
Ringo's work (he did essentially this structure on all three tracks)
on Anna, All I've Gotta Do, and In My Life. Bonham introduced me to
an off-time kick; Ringo revealed how space can be a bigger beat than
a rim shot. I learned more later, of course, but I couldn't recommend
a better set of tracks for someone starting out.
I'm really writing here, though, to bring up two topics
that I never really see in Ringo discussions. First, while I recognize
all those professional comments about how great his Sgt. Pepper
work was, everybody always seems to overlook what I think was his best
album, Rubber Soul. To my mind, there was never a more perfect
set of drum chops laid down in a studio for an entire album, Not by
Hal Blaine, not by Al Jackson, not by any of those studio cats, and
not by any performing rock drummers. It's not just that the licks are
tasty, clean, unerringly on time, and inventive; each one is absolutely
perfect for the song it supports. These are all aspects of Ringo's drumming
that keep coming up, but everyone seems to pick examples from other
places. I think Rubber Soul is the best example of all of them.
Another point that seems to get lost is a thing Ringo
told Max Weinberg
in The Big Beat: Ringo is left-handed. He was one of those kids who
was made to work "in reverse" because people used to think
somehow backward or shameful or something. But think about it: the
guy's a tom-tom genius (listen to Long Tall Sally), he's extraordinaly
inventive, he re-invented the basic rock beat at least twice in his
career (listen to Long Tall Sally by Little Richard, which is the
shuffle beat that was standard before the Big Beat came in), and he
it all using the "wrong" hands and feet. Ask Keith Moon or
Mitchell or even Buddy Rich to reset their kits into mirror images of
themselves and then see what kind of "technicians" they are.
OK, that's my piece. Ringo forever!
From Dave Bolin of Houston, Texas (April 7, 2003)
Greetings All, I must confess that I am one of those people
that consider February 9, 1964 as the ONLY REAL religious experience
of my life. As it turned out it set the direction of my life... I have
been a musician for almost forty years now.
Oddly enough my first in person Ringo encounter came at San
Francisco Airport the evening Ringo landed there to switch to the flight
that brought him back to the boys on tour in Australia We were there
to pick up my father returning from a business trip. As soon as my older
sister and I heard that Ringo was coming there we bailed on poor Mom
and ran like crazy to the gate he was arriving at. We made it with time
The girls gathered there were in the usual MAJOR dither. I was
actually pushed up into the railing right in front of Ringo as he came
out sat for a moment said hello waved and was off.... It was crazy and
exciting. (All the girls wanting to touch me wasn't bad either) Of course
the media reported it as a riot (which it wasn't)
This experience eventually lead to me being at Candlestick Park
for their concert. (I was mad then and I'm still mad... they came out
in an armoured car, they were like a quarter mile away, I couldn't hear
them (I was there for the music, the girls were screaming too loud and
the concert sound system had yet to be invented... And it was over in
My poor father still does not understand to this day. This was
BIG stuff to a twelve year old boy. So you may consider my opinion biased
if you wish... BUT!! I have to say that Ringo Rama is the BEST ROCK
CD in about ten years for me (Since Bruce, Baker & Moore in '93) It
is a pleasure to see Ringo stretch out and do new things. The tunes
are great the band is incredible Gilmour! Clapton! WILLIE !!! Folks
this is a must have (even if it gets you in trouble with your dad!!)
Remember Peace and Love Best Regards.
From Fred Zipeto (March 31, 2003)
Both my wife Lina and I had the opportunity to attend Casino
Rama where Ringo Starr and the All Starr Band performed back in July
It was an anniversary gift to each other to attend. Little did
we know what was in store for the two of us when we got there. We had
front row seats. We got there early so that we could get a feel for
A distinguished fellow was walking around with these meet and
greet passes, I kindly asked him jokingly how much for 2 of those passes,
he grinned said a few words and walked away, but only to return a few
minutes later and give us 2 passes to meet Ringo. He wisked us through
security and through the hallway and into a room with 18 other people
Several minutes later the Starr galloped in and made several
comments which made us laughed. After a brief question and answer session
I started to see people starting to queu up to get a picture taken with
him, Well I nearly dropped to the floor. I shook his hand, both my wife
and I had our picture taken with him and to top it off my wife kissed
and hugged him. This man was a gentleman.
Two weeks later we had the pictures mailed to us, the story
was also published in our local paper. We will never forget that man
who's name I will withold, who gave us that opportunity and to this
day I consider him a friend , nor will we forget that evening it was
a spectacular performance.
Note: We will be attending his next performance this coming
July 2003 at Casino Rama, that too is gonna be a nite to remember as
our friend indicated to us.
From Jean Roberts
Aug. 30, 2002
I just wanted to share a little brief
not about Ringo and what kind of gentleman he truely is.
In 1986 my mom and I had a fire and we
lost alot of our keepsakes and some of them we managed to save that
weren't to badly destroyed. After John's death, I had written to Yoko
and asked her for some pictures of she and John and she sent them with
a little note. I loved those pictures and had kept them up until the
fire, some I still have some were lost including a few I had of John
with the Beatles in younger times.
Well a friend of mine from England had
written to Ringo at his home in Ascot and Ringo had autographed a slip
of paper for him and he told me "you can write to him, he'll answer
you back just send him a note and a blank piece of paper" and I
did, but I told Ringo about losing the pictures and how much they had
meant to me and I was sad over the lost and if he only had one to send
me I'd truely be happy.
Well it was a few weeks into the summer
after the fire and we had moved. I got this large envelope in the mail
and it said England and I didn't think anything of it, because I have
friends in England send me letters, so thinking it's one of them didn't
bother to open it up straight away and went onto work that morning.
That night I opened it up and out fell this piece of paper that looked
liked the paper I had sent to Ringo and I picked it up and there was
his signature and in the envelope were a bunch of pictures and I screamed
and I cried and I just danced around the room so happily.
They had came from Ringo and I was so touched and from that
until this they now stand in a frame with that little piece of paper
he signed for me and each and everytime I go past that frame with the
pictures and his autograph. It's a great reminder, what a nice guy he
really is. Ringo lifts your spirits and makes you feel like all isn't
lost. He's a real nice person and I love him with all my heart.
I hope he tours again in the near future,
because he gives you a uplifting feeling when you leave his concerts.
Wonderful man and I love him like family. Should be more people like
Ringo in the world. Real nice guy. Couldn't say a bad word about him;
he's good people.